What’s behind Pierre Poilievre’s controversial drug policy?

What’s behind Pierre Poilievre’s controversial drug policy?

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is promising a new approach to managing Canada’s toxic drug crisis, but what he’s saying about that crisis is an irresponsible distortion of the facts, his critics charge. His promises — which include the suggestion he’d scale back safe-supply programs in favor of putting more resources into addiction treatment … Read more

Bungalow outside Toronto for sale under one million

Bungalow outside Toronto for sale under one million

#GTAHomeHunt is a weekly series from the Star that gets into the details of real estate listings in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Have a tip? Email us at social@torstar.ca Listing price: $999,000 Sale price: $845,000 Neighborhood: Bolton, a village in the Town of Caledon X-Factor: Located a few minutes south of the Humber … Read more

Trudeau adviser contradicts Brenda Lucki at ‘Freedom Convoy’ inquiry

Trudeau adviser contradicts Brenda Lucki at ‘Freedom Convoy’ inquiry

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security and intelligence adviser says the head of the RCMP failed to inform the federal cabinet when it was on the cusp of invoking the Emergencies Act of her view that police had not exhausted all legal tools to deal with last winter’s so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests, an … Read more

New strong mayor rules called ‘anti-democratic assault’

New strong mayor rules called ‘anti-democratic assault’

Mayor John Tory convincing Premier Doug Ford’s government to make his new strong mayor powers even stronger is being called a power grab by some councilors and an “unprecedented attack” on local government by at least one political expert. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark on Wednesday introduced “strong mayor” legislation allowing mayors of Toronto and … Read more

CUPE school support staff set to strike again after talks with Ontario break down

CUPE school support staff set to strike again after talks with Ontario break down

Hundreds of thousands of parents and students face more labor uncertainty in schools after the Canadian Union of Public Employees rejected the equivalent of a 15.2 per cent raise over four years. Despite Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives backing down on a two-tier wage scheme, Laura Walton, president of the CUPE school boards bargaining unit, … Read more

She has been quietly transforming the city for decades. Toronto’s top urban planner opens up about her wins and regrets

She has been quietly transforming the city for decades.  Toronto’s top urban planner opens up about her wins and regrets

In her 33-years with the City of Toronto, planner Lynda Macdonald has played a key role in transforming once neglected and abandoned acres into some of the city’s most exciting new neighborhoods. Fort York, CityPlace, the central waterfront — they have all bloomed under her watch, sprouting gleaming towers full of thousands of homes, shops … Read more

Will ontario bring back indoor mask mandates?

Will ontario bring back indoor mask mandates?

The calls are coming quicker and growing stronger: bring back mask mandates to help curtail the triple threat of COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus that’s sickening Ontarians and putting pressure on an already teetering hospital system. With cases only expected to spike over the next two months, the growing chorus of medical professionals say … Read more

Doug Ford says he doesn’t ‘want to fight’ with CUPE, new offer for lower-paid school workers

Doug Ford says he doesn’t ‘want to fight’ with CUPE, new offer for lower-paid school workers

As students returned to classrooms and contract talks resumed Tuesday with school support workers from CUPE, a conciliatory Premier Doug Ford said he had made “an improved offer” and doesn’t “want to fight” any more. “If I have to put some water in my wine, so be it … I want the kids in class, … Read more

Ontario CUPE strike: Members gather outside Queen’s Park as Doug Ford government appeals to labor board to stop it

Ontario CUPE strike: Members gather outside Queen’s Park as Doug Ford government appeals to labor board to stop it

As thousands of striking school support workers protest at Queen’s Park and across the province, the government is before the labor relations board trying to put a stop to CUPE’s job action. “Immediately following proclamation of the Keeping Students in Class Act (Thursday afternoon), we filed a submission to the Ontario Labor Relations Board in … Read more

Talks collapse as Ford government poised to pass law banning strike by CUPE school workers

CUPE school support staff set to strike again after talks with Ontario break down

Talks aimed at averting a strike by 55,000 Ontario school support workers collapsed Thursday as Premier Doug Ford’s government was poised to ram through legislation overriding Charter rights and imposing a contract and banning a walkout. Despite hefty cash fines from Queen’s Park, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees are still planning to … Read more